Patient sues therapy clinic, therapist, alleging negligence, malpractice

By Robbie Hargett | Sep 28, 2015

A Cicero woman is suing a Berwyn physical therapy clinic and one of its physical therapists, alleging negligence and medical malpractice that led to the woman sustaining injuries.

JoAnn Walker filed a lawsuit Sept. 24 in Cook County Circuit Court against Alberto Segura Jr., and Athletico of Berwyn, doing business as Athletico Physical Therapy, alleging negligence and medical malpractice.

On Oct. 29, 2013, the complaint states, Walker came to Athletico's facility complaining of back and foot pain, and she told Segura she had a history of osteopenia, making her more susceptible to injury during physical therapy treatment.

The suit says the defendants were negligent in failing to appreciate the complications posed by osteopenia in physical therapy, proceeding with a course of treatment involving spinal compression when it was unsafe to do so, applying physical pressure to Walker's spine, when it was likely to cause injury, and other negligent acts or omissions.

As a result, the lawsuit states, the plaintiff suffered a compression fracture or a preexisting asymptomatic fracture became symptomatic, requiring surgery and future medical expenses.

Walker seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus court costs. She is represented by attorney Erron H. Fisher of Fisher & Lamonica in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L009725.

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